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  • 26 Mar 2017
    England's striker Jermain Defoe (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during ...

    Defoe marks comeback as England toil to win

    Jermain Defoe adorned his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania in a forgettable World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday. Defoe, 34, was making his f...

  • Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (L) speeds through a corner ahead of Red Bull's Dutch ...

    Ferrari throw down gauntlet to Mercedes king pins

    Mercedes have lorded over Formula One for the last three years as the dominant team but Sebastian Vettel's accomplished victory for Ferrari in Australia Sunday has the reigning champions bracing for a...

  • Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel (C) lifts the trophy after winning the Formula One Australian ...

    Vettel out paces Hamilton to win Australian Grand Prix

      Sebastian Vettel out-manoeuvred Lewis Hamilton and the world champion Mercedes team with a stunning victory in the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday. ...

  • 25 Mar 2017
    England´s Joe Hart plays the ball during a friendly football match between Germany and ...

    Hart to captain England in Lithuania clash

    Gareth Southgate has named Torino goalkeeper Joe Hart as England captain for their World Cup qualifier against Lithuania. Hart, on loan at Torino from Manchester City, will lead England out at Wemb...

  • Former Dutch and FC Barcelona star Patrick Kluivert. (PHOTO/COURTESY)

    Former Dutch star Kluivert in betting probe

    Former Dutch star Patrick Kluivert, currently director of football at French club Paris Saint-German, owed up to one million euros to a criminal gang after racking up debts betting on football, a Dutc...

  • Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton (C), teammate Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (L) and Ferrari's ...

    Hamilton fights off Vettel to grab Aussie GP pole

    Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton fought off late bids from Sebastian Vettel and team-mate Valtteri Bottas to seize pole position in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Saturday. Hamilto...

  • Germany's coach Joachim Loew (R) arrives for a training session with Andre Schuerlle (C) and ...

    Germany aim to ‘ruthlessly’ extend record run

    Record-breaking Germany face Azerbaijan on Sunday with head coach Joachim Loew insisting their simple goal is to "ruthlessly" secure World Cup qualification as quickly as possible. The defending ch...

  • Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon warms up before the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match against ...

    Buffon reaches 1,000 as Italy and Spain cruise

    Italy kept pace with Spain in European World Cup qualifying as goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon played his 1,000th professional match in a 2-0 victory over Albania on Friday. A first-half Daniele De Ros...

  • 24 Mar 2017
    Ahmad Ahmad (C) of Madagascar is congratulated by FIFA president Gianni Infantino (2ndR) after being ...

    Africa elected Ahmad for change – FIFA chief

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Friday the election of Ahmad Ahmad as Confederation of African Football chief was "a vote for change" after almost 30 years under Cameroonian Issa Hayatou. Ahma...

  • Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez scores on the rebound after his penalty was saved during ...

    Arsenal, Bayern fined for troublesome fans

    Arsenal and Bayern Munich were on Friday fined by UEFA for their fans behaviour during this month's Champions League last-16 clash at the Emirates Stadium. European football's governing body had op...

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton leaves the pits during practice for the Australian Grand Prix in ...

    Hamilton ‘in league of his own’ after Aussie blitz

    Lewis Hamilton was hailed as being "in a league of his own" on Friday as he burned off his rivals in the year's opening practice sessions at the Australian Grand Prix. The triple world champion bo...

  • Tom Brady discovered his jersey missing in the locker room shortly after leading New England ...

    Brady jerseys back with White House-bound Patriots

    Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl jerseys are back with the NFL's New England Patriots, who will make their fifth visit to the White House next month, officials said Thursday. The FBI announced that je...

  • Former coach Barry Bennell faces a slew of new allegations of sex offences by at ...

    Players’ screams help prevent air disaster

    A team of Argentine footballers prevented a potential tragedy by screaming at a pilot to cut the engines after a plane door flew open just moments before take-off. Players from Buenos Aires giants ...

  • Lionel Messi (2nd R) scores to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Chile in World ...

    Brazil on brink, Messi revives Argentina

    Brazil thrashed Uruguay to move to the brink of the World Cup finals on Thursday as Lionel Messi got Argentina's faltering qualification campaign back on track with the only goal to sink Chile. A s...

  • 23 Mar 2017
    Karim Benzema scores an acrobatic equaliser in Saturday's El Clasico at Nou Camp where Real ...

    La Liga chief dismisses European super league

    The president of Spain's La Liga on Thursday shot down suggestions for a European super league, saying it will likely face stiff resistance from national leagues and fans. Javier Tebas dismissed re...

  • Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton speaks during a press conference in Melbourne on March 23, 2017, ahead ...

    Let’s see more women in paddock – Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton said Thursday he wants to see more women and fewer "dudes" in the paddock at Formula One grands prix. The three-time world champion was asked what he would do if granted a wish  ahe...

  • Andrea Belotti is the only home-grown striker in Europe -- including England, Spain, Germany and ...

    Italy look to insatiable ‘Rooster’ Belotti

    He's known as the 'Rooster' with the insatiable appetite for goals, and Albania coach Gianni Di Biasi, for one, will be hoping Italy sensation Andrea Belotti goes hungry on Friday. "I would have pr...

  • Ethiopian long distance runner, Lelisa Desisa (L) takes part in a practice session on the ...

    Familiar foes Kenya, Ethiopia face-off at Kampala WXC

    The World Cross Country Championship takes place in Kampala Sunday in Uganda's biggest ever sports showpiece, with the traditional rivalry between Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes set to dominate the eve...

  • PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 03: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder stands on the court ...

    Westbrook nets ‘perfect’ triple double in Thunder win

    NBA scoring leader Russell Westbrook unleashed his 35th triple double of the season Wednesday, making NBA history and powering the Oklahoma City Thunder over visiting Philadelphia 122-97. Westbrook...

  • Valtteri Bottas is to partner Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes this F1 season (AFP Photo/OLI ...

    Five talking points ahead of 2017 Formula One season

    The new Formula One season begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday. Here are five talking points ahead of the new campaign: An 'aspirin' for ailing racing Wider cars, more d...

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